Bedbugs are a
serious problem, and even with the help of a professional, there are
certain things that you will need to do in order to ensure that the
Bedbug Removal Process is as quick, painless, and effective as
possible. The process of preparing your home for Bedbug Removal is
known as Bedbug Preparation.
Bedbugs are harder
to remove than nearly any other form of pest infestation, and if you
have Bedbugs in your home, we urge you to contact professional
exterminators like those at Bedbugs Exterminator Bronx in order to
get rid of Bedbugs for good!
Actions to Take Before
Bedbug Removal Specialist Arrives
Gather and Launder All Clothing in
the Affected Areas of the Home
There are certain
items you own, like clothing, which are most effectively treated
simply by sending them through your washer and dryer. Take all the
clothes in your bedroom, closet, and any other area you think may be
infested with bedbugs, and load them into plastic bags. Take these
bags straight to the laundry room and unload the clothes into the
washer. After unloading the bags, throw them away immediately in an
outside trash bin.
When washing the
clothes, make sure the water reaches a minimum of 140 Degrees
Fahrenheit. After you have washed the clothes, load them into the
dryer and dry them for a minimum of a half an hour at 104 Degrees or
more Fahrenheit. If you have clothes which cannot be washed in hot
water, the dryer cycle will be sufficient to kill any Bedbugs or
Bedbug Eggs hiding in the clothes.
Store the clothes
somewhere where away from the area of infestation until treatment is
Wash All Other Items Made of Fabric
The next step
after washing your clothes is to wash all other fabric items where
Bedbugs like to hide. This includes pillowcases, pillows, blankets,
and sheets. Follow the same instructions you used to clean your
laundry, and store them away from the infestation site as well. If
you have curtains or drapes, you may either send them through the
laundry or use a vacuum to thoroughly sweep them for bedbugs.
Limit Bedbug Hiding Spots
After you have
removed all clothing and washable fabrics from the area, you will
then take down all items which are hanging from the wall, such as
picture frames. Bedbugs like to make their home in enclosed spaces
with limited light, so long as they can remain close to dinner. It's
also important to unscrew every wall cover in the infested area, such
as the covers of electrical sockets.
This has the dual
purpose of limiting the places where bedbugs can hide while also
opening up the walls to fumigation. Also remove the cover to the air
conditioning unit in the affected area, and take off the covers to
Thoroughly Vacuum the Affected Rooms
the above steps, you will have gone a long way to remove potential
bedbug hiding spots. At this point, your floors, mattress, and box
springs still need to be pretreated. We suggest using a vacuum to
thoroughly sweep the carpet for Bedbugs, and also to use it to clean
your mattress and box springs as well. Vacuuming will both serve to
suck up Bedbugs hiding in your carpet and mattresses, while also
vacuuming up a lot of Bedbug Eggs as well. When vacuuming, make sure
you really get in the cracks and creases of the box springs and
mattress, and also vacuum under your furniture where possible.
What to Do During Your
Bedbug Extermination Appointment
Removal Specialist will use a variety of methods and tools to
eliminate the Bedbugs still hiding in your home. This includes
fumigation. Because of this, it is important that you not be present
during the extermination process, for your own health and safety. You
should also remove all pets from the home, with one exception. If you
have a fish tank, you can leave it home during treatment, you just
need to cover it and shut off the filter until treatment is complete.
After the Bedbug
Removal Process is complete, it is important that you not return home
for a minimum of four hours. If you have people that live in the home
that may be sensitive to fumigation, or if you have young kids, you
may want to wait six hours after treatment to return.
Steps to Take Between
the Initial Treatment and Final Treatment
initial treatment will eliminate the vast majority of Bedbugs in your
home, exterminators will come back two weeks later in order to ensure
that the Bedbugs haven't re-established a presence in your home. When
they return, they will monitor your home for any new signs of
When you return
home after the first treatment, there will be devices lying around
places where the Bedbugs used to hide. These devices are used to help
prevent Bedbugs from returning, so we recommend not to touch them. It
is also important to leave all paintings down and all plug ins and
light switches exposed until after the second treatment.
The first Bedbug
Treatment may not be able to eliminate all of the Bedbugs in your box
springs and mattress. Because of this, you will need to buy mattress
covers which will completely seal both your box springs and mattress.
Bedbugs can live for as long as a year without feeding, so if you do
not cover your mattress, Bedbugs that survived treatment by hiding
deep in your mattress may repopulate your home.
In the time
between your first and second treatment, you should also store your
laundry away from the rooms that were treated. If you do wish to
bring clothes back to the bedroom or closet, you will have to wash
them again before the exterminators return. We understand that you
will want to bring back your linens. That is fine, simply rewash
those as well.
Treatment Number Two
weeks after your Bedbug Exterminators completes the first Bedbug
Treatment, they will return in order to assess the success of
treatment. They will thoroughly inspect your home for any signs of
Bedbugs, and if it appears that there are still some Bedbugs in your
home, they will apply another treatment, just as they did previously.
After the initial treatment, the number of Bedbugs will be
significantly lower, and the Bedbugs may be eliminated altogether.
there are no signs of Bedbugs during the second visit, then your
Bedbug Infestation has been defeated, and you can rest easy once
again. Almost every Bedbug Infestation is fully eliminated after the
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